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Seumalo Returns, Wiz Without a Spot

AP Photo - Patrick Semansky

After missing the final three games of the regular season with a pectoral injury, Isaac Seumalo appears set to return to the starting line-up at left guard.

Changing of the Guard

The Eagles have had a rather dominant offensive line for the better part of the last two seasons and that has been a large part of their offensive success. However, they have had one fluctuating position on their offensive line: Left Guard. During their Super Bowl season a year ago, they went with a rotation throughout the first half of the season before veteran Stefen Wisniewski took over. 

Wisniewski opened this season as the starter and seemed to be a scapegoat for the poor offensive start to the season as he was benched for Seumalo. Wisniewski was frustrated with the demotion at the time (see below tweet) but got his chance to play again over the last three weeks of the regular season. The last three games have not been a cakewalk for the Eagles’ offensive line. Two of the three matchups have featured two of the top defensive line units in all of the NFL: Rams and Texans. The Eagles offensive line as a whole stepped up big time down the stretch and was largely responsible for getting this team to the playoffs. 

The Return

Now with Seumalo returning to practice and barring any setbacks returning to game action this week, the Eagles faced a tough decision. Do they stick with the Wisniewski and the unit that helped with the last three games, or re-insert Seumalo who only lost his spot due to injury? The Eagles seemed to tip their hand today as they had Isaac Seumalo back at LG during a portion of today’s practice.

The Right Move?

This seems like an interesting move to shake up the chemistry of the offensive line unit after dominant performances against the Rams as well as the Texans. It will be interesting to keep an eye on Seumalo this week to see if he is indeed 100% recovered from the pectoral injury. If he does struggle at all expect to see Wisniewski make a return at left guard.

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